Faith Works – A Weekly Newsletter from Fr. Longenecker

Fr. Dwight Longenecker is launching a newsletter that will provide short, practical advice on living the Integrated Catholic Life™. – The Editors

Father Dwight Longenecker

Someone has said, “The longest journey is from the head to the heart.” I’ve often added, “It’s an even longer journey from the head to the heart to the hands!” In other words, it takes a long time for what we know in our head about God to get down to the heart level, and it takes an even longer time for the message to be worked out in our ordinary day to day lives.

As a convert to the Catholic faith I have sometimes been taken aback at the large numbers of Catholics who attend Mass, but don’t seem to make the connection between what goes on in church and their ordinary life. We believe the right doctrines and we understand the teachings of the Church, but too often we lack the skills to put it all into action.

Integrated Catholic Life™ is a wonderful resource to do just that. With contributions from many writers from different backgrounds the readers of ICL are given the tools to lead practical, joyful and dynamic Catholic lives. Why is this so important?

It’s important because our society is more hungry for examples of a real, solid and positive Catholic faith than ever before. At every level of society and in every walk of life we need informed and energetic Catholics showing a new way for us to live together. We need to proclaim the gospel with our words and works every day of our lives.

This is why I have started a simple, punchy, weekly newsletter called Faith Works. The title says it all: the Catholic faith really does work! The teachings of the Church are not all theoretical. Within the practice of prayer and study, within a life of service and sacraments the power of Christ’s resurrection really can be at work in your life.

If you are a reader of Integrated Catholic Life™, I encourage you to sign up for this free newsletter. You will not be pressured to buy anything or do anything except to live the abundant life that Christ promises. The sign up form is below, and it will be a regular feature here at ICL in the future.

Remember Faith Works! Sign up to get the input you need to draw closer to Christ and do his work in the world.

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker is the author of “Listen My Son” – a commentary on the Rule of St Benedict for families. Visit Fr. Dwight’s website to buy a copy here.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker is the parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He is author of thirteen books on the Catholic faith. Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing is available in Catholic bookshops and through his website:

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker is the parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He conducts parish missions, retreats and speaks at conferences across the USA.

His latest book is The Romance of Religion - Fighting for Truth, Goodness and Beauty. Visit his blog, listen to his radio show, and browse his books at

Catechesis teaches us what to believe and how to behave, but Catholics also need down to earth advice for putting their faith into action. For help in your practice of the Catholic faith sign up for FaithWorks! -- Fr Longenecker's free, weekly newsletter on the practical practice of the Catholic faith.

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an American who has spent most of his life living and working in England. Fr Dwight was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson.

Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. He spent the next ten years working as a freelance Catholic writer, contributing to over twenty-five magazines, papers and journals in Britain, Ireland and the USA.

Fr. Dwight is the editor of a best-selling book of English conversion stories called The Path to Rome - Modern Journeys to the Catholic Faith. He has written Listen My Son - a daily Benedictine devotional book which applies the Rule of St Benedict to the task of modern parenting. St Benedict and St Thérèse is a study of the lives and thought of two of the most popular saints.

In the field of Catholic apologetics, Fr. Dwight wrote Challenging Catholics with John Martin, the former editor of the Church of England Newspaper. More Christianity is a straightforward and popular explanation of the Catholic faith for Evangelical Christians. Friendly and non-confrontational, it invites the reader to move from 'Mere Christianity' to 'More Christianity'. Mary-A Catholic Evangelical Debate is a debate with an old Bob Jones friend David Gustafson who is now an Evangelical Episcopalian.

Fr. Dwight’s Adventures in Orthodoxy is described as ‘a Chestertonian romp through the Apostles’ Creed.’ He wrote Christianity Pure&Simple which was published by the Catholic Truth Society in England and Sophia Institute Press in the USA. He has also published How to Be an Ordinary Hero and his book Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing was published by Our Sunday Visitor in May 2008. His latest books are The Gargoyle Code - a book in the tradition of Screwtape Letters and a book of poems called A Sudden Certainty, Adventures in Orthodoxy and The Romance of Religion.

Fr. Dwight has contributed a chapter to the third volume of the best selling Surprised by Truth series and is a regular contributor to Crisis Magazine, St Austin Review, This Rock, Our Sunday Visitor and National Catholic Register. Fr. Dwight has also written a couple of children’s books, had three of his screenplays produced, and is finishing his first novel. He’s working on a book on angels and his autobiography: There and Back Again.

In 2006 Fr. Dwight accepted a post as Chaplain to St Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, South Carolina. This brought him and his family back, not only to his hometown, but also to the American Bible belt, and hometown of Bob Jones University. In December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. He is the Administrator of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina, and an oblate of Belmont Abbey.

Fr. Dwight enjoys movies, blogging, books, and visiting Benedictine monasteries. He’s married to Alison. They have four children, named Benedict, Madeleine, Theodore and Elias. They live in Greenville, South Carolina with a black Labrador named Anna, a chocolate lab called Felicity, cat named James and various other pets.

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